Job Posting: Attorney IV

State Air Resources Board

Attorney IV

$10,173.00 - $13,062.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 12/10/2019

Job Description and Duties

The Executive Office of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) plans, organizes, and directs the activities of staff to further the Board's mission to protect and preserve California’s air quality while considering the effects on the State's economy. The Legal Office is part of the Executive Office. Its mission is to provide the highest quality legal advice and representation to the Board and staff in order to improve air quality, to protect public health and the environment, and to ensure that all legal obligations are met in carrying out these efforts. The Legal Office provides legal support on a variety of complex topics related to the control of air pollution (criteria pollutants, toxic air contaminants, and greenhouse gases), including, but not limited to: adoption, interpretation, implementation, and enforcement of State and federal environmental laws and regulations, litigation in conjunction with the Attorney General's Office, personnel matters, contracts, conflicts of interest, and proposed legislation. The Legal Office maintains the primary responsibility for assisting CARB staff in the development of regulations and the documentation necessary to support their adoption. The Legal Office also provides legal assistance to California's 35 Air Pollution Control and Air Quality Management Districts.

Under the supervision of an Assistant Chief Counsel, and under the general direction of the Chief Counsel, this position is responsible for independently providing written and oral legal advice to CARB's executives, management, and staff on complex and sensitive legal issues.  As described above, the Legal Office maintains primary responsibility for ensuring compliance with statutory requirements and providing necessary legal support.  The attorney in this position, along with the Legal Office’s other lawyers in the Attorney IV classification, will exercise broad discretion and have primary responsibility for performing and overseeing the most technical and complex legal work.


This position will work closely with CARB management and staff, and as needed officials from other federal and State government agencies, on all phases of the development, implementation, and enforcement of complex and highly technical regulations and plans and on the legal support for administrative functions that support those programs.  This includes developing and drafting regulations and overseeing rulemaking material preparation to ensure the regulations can withstand any subsequent legal challenges in both federal and State courts.  It also includes applying advanced technical expertise and negotiation experience.  Key functions of this position include advice on requirements of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) and coordinating with federal and State agencies to interpret specific statutory and regulatory provisions, review legal aspects of staff reports, letters, guidance and other documents and providing legal assistance to support Board actions. This position will exercise broad discretion in providing CARB management, staff, and the Chief Counsel with written and oral advice, drafting and reviewing legal correspondence, working closely with the Assistant Chief Counsels to ensure the consistent delivery of high-quality legal services by team members, and performing a variety of related legal tasks (see duties below).  The attorney selected for this position may work closely with senior State officials, including those in the Executive Office of CARB, California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), and the Governor’s Office.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

SACRAMENTO LOCATION: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) office is located in the beautiful CalEPA building in downtown Sacramento.

  • Positions located in a high-rise building.
  • Telework is available.
  • Requires being in a stationary position, consistent with office work for extended periods.
  • Standard office environment (for example, artificial lighting, controlled temperature, etc.)
  • Daily use of a personal computer, office equipment, and/or telephone.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Attorney IV
$10,173.00 - $13,062.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is charged with protecting the public from the harmful effects of air pollution and developing programs and actions to fight climate change. From requirements for clean cars and fuels to adopting innovative solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, California has pioneered a range of innovative approaches that have set the standard for effective air and climate programs for the nation, and the world.


CARB values diversity at all levels of the organization and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive.  CARB believes the diversity of our employees collectively make up one of the world’s most respected environmental organizations.  Join CARB and help us improve the lives of all Californians. 

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Special Requirements

Active membership in the California State Bar prior to appointment.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 12/10/2019

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

State Air Resources Board
Attn: Gena Harmonson
1001 I Street, 20th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Gena Harmonson
1001 I Street, 20th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Drop off on 1st Floor and hours don't apply to weekends or state holidays.
07:30 AM - 03:30 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Degree and/or School Transcripts
  • Other - Cover Letter is required and must be included.

    Please provide a Cover Letter for the Hiring Manager to review.  Applications received without a Cover Letter MAY NOT be considered. 
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

Candidates should have a desire to advance the underlying objectives of CARB to protect and enhance California's air quality and address climate change.  Candidates should have the ability to work with high level government officials, as well as experience dealing with members of the public, technical staff, and other public agencies, and should be familiar with the functioning of administrative agencies in State government.

Among other qualities, the most highly desirable candidates will have:

1. Extensive background or in-depth knowledge of the federal and State laws governing greenhouse gases, other environmental laws (e.g., California Environmental Quality Act), administrative law, and constitutional law.

2. Excellent writing skills.

3. Demonstrated capacity to analyze issues arising under federal, State, and local laws and effectively provide clear recommendations on complex multidisciplinary issues.

4. Ability to work quickly and effectively under pressure to identify issues, develop solutions, and produce products within a short timeframe.

5. Demonstrated capacity to communicate clearly, effectively, and professionally -- both orally and in writing -- to technical, lay, and policy-oriented audiences.  

6. Demonstrated capacity to work cooperatively with a team and work independently to complete work assignments.


      The Benefits of working at CARB in the CalEPA building:

      • Exercise/Wellness Classes during Lunch Hour
      • Onsite Gym and Exercise Equipment
      • Onsite Locker and Shower Facilities
      • Onsite Daycare Facility
      • Onsite Cafeteria
      • Indoor Bicycle Lockers
      • Nearby Public Transportation
      • Nearby Third Party Parking Facility


      The Benefits of working for the State of California click on the hyperlink:

      Contact Information

      The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

      Department Website:
      Human Resources Contact:
      Gena Harmonson
      (916) 324-3294

      Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

      EEO Contact:
      Beverly Bueno
      (916) 323-7053
      California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.


      CARB highly recommends electronic application submission for all their JC (Job Control) postings.  For those applicants who are unable to submit an electronic application, they may be submitted in paper format but must contain the following information on the first page of the application in order to be processed and included in the applicant pool:

      • The JC number listed on the job posting
      • The classification title
      • Current CalCareer I.D. number (from your
      CalCareer account under the "CalCareer Account " tab)

      NOTE: Applicant’s must not include Social Security Numbers, LEAP status information or paperwork, Equal Employment Opportunity information, exam result notices or scores, or medical or criminal history information on any document within their application package.

      Please do not submit a second application by paper if you submitted an electronic application.

      Drop off hardcopy application to the First Floor's Visitors' Center and hours do not apply to weekends or state holidays.

      Failure to follow the application instructions way result in your application not being considered for hire.


      If you are new to State service, you can follow the link below to view the necessary steps to apply and be eligible for a State position:

      Equal Opportunity Employer

      The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

      It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

      Application Methods:
      Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
      By Mail